Knowing the free things to do in Singapore is a great way to save money in an expensive destination. We share the best free attractions so you can enjoy Singapore without breaking the bank.
Singapore is a vibrant and diverse city-state in Southeast Asia that offers plenty of things to see and do for the whole family.
From beautiful Singapore sunsets to fantastic theme parks like Universal Studios and unique restaurants in Singapore to the incredible Marina Bay Sands Singapore, there really is something for everyone.
According to ExpressVPN, Singapore is considered one of the safest cities in the world, with a low crime rate and a strong emphasis on public safety. Its reputation for safety allows residents and visitors alike to explore the city’s diverse attractions without worry.
So why visit Singapore? Firstly, to experience the diverse culture in the country, with influences from Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Western traditions. This blend creates a collection of unique neighborhoods and cuisines, evident throughout Singapore.
This brings us to the food, one of our favorite reasons to visit Singapore. You can get amazing, cheap food from the hawker stalls, but of course, you have plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, too. Some of which are affordable as well!
Free things to do in Singapore
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is one of the most popular things to do in Singapore and a must-visit during your time here.
Entrance into the garden complex is free all day, every day and makes for a perfect afternoon stroll. This is a picturesque man-made park in the heart of Singapore, and you should aim to visit here during the day to appreciate the Supertrees but also head here at night to see them all lit up.
Within the park, there are also two domes and a skywalk; these are not free attractions, but you can save money by getting the Singapore Go City Card.
One of the best things to do in Singapore is to explore diverse neighborhoods. Whether it is the unique stores in Chinatown, the food of Little India, or the cute cafes of Kampong Glam, you won’t be bored exploring the neighborhoods.
Of course, taking a walk in the neighborhoods is free and you can catch the MRT to each area to save money on transport.
Marina Bay Sands
This hotel is iconic in Singapore, with its quirky design and impressive views from the top. Whilst a stay at the hotel will cost you quite a bit, you can still visit the hotel itself for free.
Check out the shopping mall inside the hotel and take plenty of photos from the nearby viewpoints.
It is also worth noting that you can get amazing views from the Marina Bay Sands Skypark, but unless you are a guest in the hotel, this is a paid attraction. However, even if you are only staying in Singapore for 3 days, try to at least visit the top of Marina Bay for those great views.
Also, head here in the evenings to enjoy the light and water fountains show at Marina Bay, which can be seen from the hotel itself or across the water.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to explore from early morning to midnight. Walk along the lush green lawns, take plenty of pictures among the ponds and flowers, and search for the wildlife that lives here.
The National Orchid Garden is also located in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, but this is a paid attraction, currently costing $15 for adults and $5 for locals.
An iconic statue in Singapore, the Merlion is a must-visit whilst you are here. This is a touristy area, but you can visit the half mermaid and half lion for free whilst also getting some great views of Singapore.
The Temples in Singapore
Singapore is home to some incredible temples and religious sites, with many being free.
Head to Chinatown to visit the Sri Mariamman Temple, an old, free temple in Singapore, with coloring impressive carvings.
You can also head to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, another free temple in Singapore.
Fort Canning Park
This historical park can be found among the shopping and nightlife districts in the center of Singapore, perfect for those wanting to escape the crowds.
This is a free park that includes a range of plants, flowers, Stamford Raffles’s old home, which is now called Governor House, and the remains of an old fort used in the Second World War.
For an amazing view of the Singapore skyline, head to Marina Barrage. Enjoy panoramic views of Singapore, perfect during sunrise or sunset, but also take along a kite; this is known for being a windy spot, perfect for kite flying.
Head to the free beaches in Singapore
Although Sentosa is a more expensive place to stay and explore, the beaches are beautiful and free. Tanjong, Palawan, and Silso Beach are all free beaches in Sentosa and are great for families.
Pack a beach mat, pick up some cheap snacks and drinks from the grocery store, and enjoy a free, relaxing day on the beach.
Another free place to visit in Singapore is the Esplanade. During the day, you can visit the mall and nearby Esplanade Park, whilst the evening brings free performances and shoes.
From singers to dance shoes, there are various free performances here, and you can learn more about free events on their website.
How to plan a trip to Singapore
Best time to visit Singapore
The best time to visit Singapore is from February to April when the weather is warm but pleasant and also dry.
Singapore is hot and humid all year round, but there are certain times of the year you need to avoid.
The wet season in Singapore runs from September until February, with the wettest months between November and January.
Always pack a compact raincoat, no matter what time of the year you are visiting; rain comes during the dry season, too.
Getting to Singapore
Changi Airport is arguably the best airport in the world, making it the ideal gateway into the country. Direct flights are available from across Asia, Australia, and some cities in Europe. From the airport, you could take a taxi, shuttle bus, or train into the city center.
For those traveling around Southeast Asia, you could take a bus or train from cities in Malaysia and Thailand.
Getting around Singapore
The easiest way to get around Singapore is by using the MRT subway system. This runs from early morning to midnight and is relatively affordable. You can catch taxis around the city, there are plenty of taxi stands near major attractions, making this easier for you, or you can use the Grab app, a ride-sharing app similar to Uber.
There is also a bus system available in Singapore, and this is fairly easy to understand and use to get around.
Things to know before you go to Singapore
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy, and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this microphone for all our Youtube voiceovers.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
- This is our favorite travel insurance because it covers so many activities and travel situations that could arise on longer trips but also offer year coverage.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.